This week, we are all about winning! When it comes to racing, there are two kinds of racers:

The active participants and the passive ones.

75% of the people in any track meet are simply role players. Even if they are fit enough to compete, they defer control of the race to the active participants, the 25% who take control. Control doesn’t mean leading necessarily, but it means that you are proactive and not reactive. You aren’t waiting for the move to be made.

When competing, there are two steps that need to be taken. First, you need to be in the club. You have to be able to be in the race when the real racing occurs. What that means will differ depending on the level of competition, but what it means is that it doesn’t matter if you have a great kick or finish if you are 100 meters behind entering the final stretch of the race. The second step, once you’ve joined the club, is to figure out how to do something. Fitness gets you through step one. Tactics, mentality, and fine-tuning gets you to step two.

In this episode, we go through the physical aspects, the mental game, and the tactics needed to compete at any level. We explain how to create the habit of giving everything you have, the importance of taking ownership and having control over what you do, and much more.

Resources mentioned during this episode:

Staring into each others eyes team activity

4×400 conference championship race with 800m anchor


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Peak Performance– Steve’s latest book. Now available on audible, which you can get for free with a 30-day free-trial.

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Episode 67- Winning: The Art and Science of Competing
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  • March 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Most enjoyable…you guys add a lot to the fire. I can use this for many things – not only running, but golf, and business.


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